THE TUI group will be taking the “all-inclusive” packages one step further in Majorca next year, confirmed the chairman of TUI-Germany, Volver Böttcher. On top of free drinks and services at the “all-inclusive” hotel, tourists will also be able to have free drinks at specific bars in the nearby area.
To test this new addition to the “all-inclusive” package, the TUI directors have chosen Majorca, and in more concrete terms Playa de Palma, as the guinea pig. From next summer, tourists staying at the Bali and Chico hotels in Playa de Palma, will be able to take advantage of all the hotel services, plus free drinks at the Bierkönig and Oberbayer bars, both located in this holiday resort. This change to the package has been developed to answer some of the criticisms aimed against this type of holiday, stating they destroy business for other local complementary businesses. In particular, it has been the restaurant and bar trade unions and owners, who have complained the most this year in Majorca. “We want the all-inclusive packages to extend to the complementary services in Majorca. The agreement reached between the Bali and Chico hotels, will allow us to see if this measure can be exploited and used in other tourism resorts”, said Kirsten Feld-Türkis, head of hotel contracting for Spain, Portugal and the Mediterranean. “In the future there will be a selection of bars, restaurants and other services which all complement the all-inclusive package and which will translate in higher prices for the package.” she added. With respect to how the 2005 all-inclusive holidays fared, Böttcher announced that Majorca “is back as the number one tourist destination for the German market. “We have increased tourist numbers by 9 percent, and we will continue in the same way”.

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